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  • War rages in the Donbass.

    "All Russian forces are concentrated in the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk," said Sergey Gaidai, governor of the first region.

    According to him, the strategic city Severodonetsk is under fire from Moscow “24 hours a day”.

  • The verdict in the first war crimes trial is expected Monday in Kyiv.

    A 21-year-old Russian soldier is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was pushing his bike while on the phone.

  • Volodymyr Zelensky continues his videoconference tour.

    He will speak on Monday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Several Ukrainian leaders will be present on site, including Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba and the mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschko.

  • Polish President Andrezj Duda on Sunday pledged his support for Ukraine's EU bid.

    However, France and Germany are holding back.

    The French Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, thus further explained that this accession would take “probably 15 or 20 years”.

  • The Russians say they are ready to return to the negotiating table, blaming kyiv for the breakdown of talks.

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6:45 am: Verdict expected in the first war crime trial

In kyiv, the verdict in the first war crime trial is due on Monday.

A 21-year-old Russian soldier is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was pushing his bike while on the phone.

During the trial last week, Vadim Chichimarine said he was “sincerely sorry” and “asked forgiveness” from the victim's widow, justifying his action by the “orders” received at that time.

The prosecutor requested life imprisonment.

According to the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office, the country has opened more than 12,000 war crimes investigations since February 24, the start of the Russian invasion.

6:43 a.m .: Ukraine admits to suffering “more and more” in the Donbass

Moscow continues to step up its firepower in the Donbass.

There are, according to Sergei Gaïdaï, governor of the Lugansk region, the units withdrawn from the Kharkiv region, the attackers of the siege of Mariupol, the militias of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, the Chechen forces and troops mobilized as reinforcements from Siberia and the Russian Far East.

“All Russian forces are concentrated in Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” he said on Telegram.

Same with armament.

"Everything is concentrated here," added the governor, including the famous S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile complexes, equivalent to the American Patriots.

Crucial point of this battle of Donbass, Severodonetsk, in the Lugansk region, is under fire from Moscow “24 hours a day”.

“They are using scorched earth tactics, they are deliberately destroying the city” with aerial bombardments, multiple rocket launchers, mortars or tanks firing at buildings.

6:38 a.m .: More than 100 million uprooted people in the world

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has pushed the number of uprooted people worldwide above 100 million for the first time, the United Nations warned on Monday.

“The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights abuses and persecution has passed the dizzying 100 million mark for the first time, driven by the war in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts “, writes the High Commissioner for Refugees in a press release.

“The 100 million figure is startling, worrying and sobering.

This is a figure that should never have been reached,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

"This should serve as a wake-up call for us to resolve and prevent destructive conflict, end persecution and address the root causes that force innocent people to flee their homes."

6:35 a.m .: Russia says it is ready to resume talks

Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said on Sunday that Russia was ready to resume peace talks with Ukraine, saying their suspension was due to kyiv.

"For our part, we are ready to continue the dialogue," he said in an interview with Belarusian television.

"The freezing of the talks was entirely an initiative of Ukraine", he added, believing that the "ball was in their court".

“Russia has never refused negotiations”.

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On the ground, the Russians continue to massively bomb Donbass.

Ukraine is also worried about the fate of the strategic city of Severodonetsk, which looks more and more like the apocalyptic fate of Mariupol.

Diplomatically, the day will be marked by the speech of the Ukrainian President to the participants of the Davos Forum.

Volodymyr Zelensky will speak by videoconference while his Foreign Minister and the mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschkolundi will be present in the Swiss station.

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